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Rockland comprehensive plan overhaul nears completion

May 03, 2021
Photo by: Stephen Betts

Rockland — Rockland’s Comprehensive Planning Commission is nearing the end of its work updating the 2012 Comprehensive Plan, the city announced May 3 in a news release.

"The new plan will be an important tool for guiding development and supporting shared community goals and objectives around subjects such as sustainability, economic development, housing and natural resource conservation," the news release stated.

The planning process has been ongoing since 2017 and facilitated by the Musson Group since 2019.

“We have worked hard to take the long and wide view of Rockland to determine where we stand as a community across every topic that makes us who we are,” said Julie Lewis, who has chaired the commission since 2017.

“A lot of thoughtful discussion and careful consideration led to this set of recommendations to help Rockland meet an array of challenges and opportunities in the coming years.”

The Comprehensive Planning Commission stated it has actively sought input from the public throughout the drafting of this new plan. Information from the Heart and Soul project, which interviewed hundreds of residents of Rockland to learn what matters most to them, has guided the work from the beginning.

Seven public meetings were held between October 2017 and September 2019 before COVID-19 limited the ability to congregate. Meetings for the last year have been on Zoom and have included public comment periods that informed the Commission's process.

The Rockland City Council has been reviewing and commenting on draft chapters for the last several months. Late this spring, the Council will discuss and vote on adopting the new plan.

"A comprehensive plan is one of the major tools that the city has to see into the future and continue to keep our vision of Rockland up-to-date,” Mayor Ed Glaser stated in the news release.

“Thanks to the diligent work of our volunteers we'll have a plan that will serve us for many years to come, guiding us by building on the good things Rockland has been towards the great things we can become," Glaser concluded.

Citizens of Rockland and other interested parties are encouraged to view and comment on the draft plan at

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Comments (3)
Posted by: Richard McKusic, Sr. | May 03, 2021 12:28

Interesting reading. See some things that appear to me as incorrect; such as those living in campers etc. There is one next to my house on Crescent Street and until last year there were two. Am sure there are quite a few more tucked in around our city. Also; I am living on under $15,000 a year and believe that was undercounted also.

Posted by: Francis Mazzeo, Jr. | May 03, 2021 10:33

Well Ananur, as Mr Ed, the talking Mayor, states it is the council's job to see into the future and to keep their vision for the rest of us alive.

Posted by: ANANUR FORMA | May 03, 2021 09:15

can't stop a cell tower, eh?

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